A trip to the heart of nature, readying to sleep for the winter. "It's getting dreadfully cold... There's nothing more to eat! What will the marmots, hedgehogs and squirrels do? ...They're going to sleep the whole winter! Shhh... They're hibernating!" » After the warmth and abundance of summer, the animals of the forests, prairies and mountains, with tummies full, start preparing their cosy nests for the coming winter. Each in its own way. A captivating approach to the phenomenon of hibernation for small children.
Volcanos have fascinated mankind (young and old) since the dawn of time. Their eruptions are dreaded while their incandescent beauty is admired. What geological phenomena cause eruptions? How does lava reach the surface? Are all volcanos the same? A book that answers all these questions in simple terms, accessible to the youngest readers.
A whole little world lives together on the farm. Each has his place: the hens in the henhouse, the rabbit in the hutch, the cows and sheep in the meadow... They give us eggs, milk and other good things to enjoy. The animals may be the main protagonists in this book, but the culture and work of the farmer are the scenery.
The moon shines, the stars twinkle... The night isn't black. Our earth revolves around the sun and we're not alone: seven other planets revolve around our central star. Each at its own pace. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They're all different!
Some are hot, cold, solid, gaseous and even double. The solar system for the very young!
Drip, drip, drip... Where does rainwater come from? Clouds of course! But where does rainwater go? It runs away, or soaks into the ground, or forms puddles and ponds. Along the way it waters plants, and then keeps going... It flows into streams, that flow into rivers, that flow into the sea... And why doesn't it stop when it gets to the sea? Because some of it evaporates and turns back into clouds. And it starts all over again... The water cycle narrated simply and effectively.
Tending a garden and its plants - fruits and vegetables - means watering, turning the soil, seeding, adding fertilizer, waiting, watering, using the right tools, weeding, getting rid of slugs... and when the fruit and veg are fully ripe, picking them and feasting on them! The keys aspects of gardening that little ones can get their hands into.
Walking, observing, collecting, listening, sensing, discovering an ecosystem, a landscape and its components. Learning the names of trees, flowers, birds, insects, mushrooms, little mammals... Adventuring and leaving your fears behind, letting your imagination wander. "Thank you forest for offering us So many surprises and pleasures! Two eyes, that may just be enough To take it all in? ..."
All around the rivers, animals come to drink, birds come to reproduce… In rivers, the fishes swim calmly, going with the flow. The river is also a place of living for many insects, a well furnished food saver and the favourite habitat for many aquatic plants.
Whales, Sperm whales and Dolphins nurse their young, they are warm-blooded and breathe through their lungs. They are mammals just like us!
Whales sing, dolphins chatter to locate each other and also to communicate. They have beaten many records.
North Pole or South Pole? We often tend to confuse them. They are both at the ends of the Earth, they are often covered with ice and their names are quite similar: Arctic and Antarctic! But the similarities stop there! Indeed, if the North Pole (the Arctic) is an ocean surrounded by islands and pieces of continents, the South Pole (Antarctica) is a land covered with ice! And that changes everything ...
Viviparous, oviparous, ovoviviparous... Technical terms to describe the same phenomenon: reproduction! For viviparous mammals it all happens inside the female: fertilisation and gestation. Birds are oviparous, they lay eggs and then sit on them... And what about fish...? Each species has the same desire, to safely pass on the gift of life!
A region to nest, a region to live… So is the life of migratory birds. In one year, Arctic Tern travels 35,000 km. Minute sandpipers, no bigger than robins, direct their flight to South Africa from the icy depths of the tundra! How do birds orient themselves during their trip? How can they find a territory where they go, often, for the first time? When do they have to leave?
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